Sunday, August 19, 2018
Public safety

Bullet pierces woman's home near Seffner over New Year's

TAMPA — Tampa Bay's problem with celebratory gunfire continued over the New Year's holiday. A bullet shot into the air in Hillsborough County landed in a woman's bathroom.

No injuries were reported over New Year's, which is a change from previous years.

Last year, a woman watching fireworks from a second-floor balcony of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club was struck by a falling bullet shortly after midnight. She was hit in the wrist.

In 2012, a 12-year-old boy, Diego Duran, nearly died after he was hit in the head by a falling bullet as he watched fireworks outside his home in Ruskin. He and his family have since started a charity, Bullet Free Sky, that seeks to educate people about the dangers of firing into the air.

Several local people have been injured or have reported bullets landing in their homes on other holidays, too, including the Fourth of July.

On Wednesday, Hillsborough sheriff's deputies received a call at 9:21 a.m. from a woman who said she had found a hole in her bathroom ceiling in the Davpam Mobile Home Community near Seffner.

A deputy who responded found a .45-caliber bullet in the bathroom.

Comments

Police: Truck driver dies in Clearwater crash

CLEARWATER — A driver died in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. 19 early Sunday morning, police reported.About 3:02 a.m., the driver was heading northbound on the highway, exiting at NE Coachman Road, according to the Clearwater Police Department.The d...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Girl, 6, found slain in her Albuquerque-area home has connections to Wimauma

Girl, 6, found slain in her Albuquerque-area home has connections to Wimauma

The family of a 6-year-old girl found dead in New Mexico last weekend is trying to bring her remains to Wimauma.Court documents say the body of Ariana "Jade" Romeo was found at her home in Rio Rancho north of Albuquerque on bloody sheets with marijua...
Updated: 20 minutes ago
Woman dead after boyfriend shoots her once, returns and shoots again, deputies say

Woman dead after boyfriend shoots her once, returns and shoots again, deputies say

LARGO — A man faces a charge of murder after firing a shot at his girlfriend as she visited a travel trailer in Largo, fleeing the scene, then returning to the trailer and shooting her again a number of times, deputies said.Nathaniel J. Yates, 32, o...
Published: 08/18/18
Deputies find body in burning vehicle near Disney World miniature golf course

Deputies find body in burning vehicle near Disney World miniature golf course

A body was found in a burning vehicle near a Disney World miniature golf course early Saturday, according to WKMG News 6 Orlando.Authorities were initially called to a vehicle fire about 4 a.m. at Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, 120...
Published: 08/18/18
Girlfriend of murder suspect arrested, too, in aftermath of Hudson drug shootout

Girlfriend of murder suspect arrested, too, in aftermath of Hudson drug shootout

HUDSON — The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office made a second arrest Saturday in the aftermath of a drug-related shootout Wednesday night that left one man dead and a woman critically injured.Deputies arrested Alexas Marie Gregas, 19, of Hudson, on charge...
Published: 08/18/18
Levy County man, 53, killed trying to pass truck north of Inverness

Levy County man, 53, killed trying to pass truck north of Inverness

INVERNESS — A 53-year-old Levy County man died when he collided with a Mack truck while trying to pass it north of Inverness, the Florida Highway Patrol said.Claude Pepper Blount Jr. was headed south on U.S. 41 near Overdrive Circle about 1:50 p.m. F...
Published: 08/18/18
Police: Motorcyclist hospitalized after crash at Sheffield Lake Park in St. Petersburg

Police: Motorcyclist hospitalized after crash at Sheffield Lake Park in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A motorcycle driver suffered serious injuries early Saturday when he lost control and crashed at Sheffield Lake Park, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.Robert Douglas Blume, 47, was driving north along 49th Street N o...
Published: 08/18/18
In Spring Hill, 9-month-old baby boy dies after being left in car

In Spring Hill, 9-month-old baby boy dies after being left in car

SPRING HILL — A 9-month-old infant died Friday after the boy was left in a hot car at the family home, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.Keyton O’Callaghan was found in a car seat inside the vehicle at about 11:30 a.m. by his father, ...
Published: 08/17/18
Lawyer uses sheriff’s words to seek bail reduction for parking lot shooter

Lawyer uses sheriff’s words to seek bail reduction for parking lot shooter

Lawyers for Michael Drejka, the man who shot and killed Markeis McGlockton in a convenience store parking lot last month, have listed the Pinellas County sheriff’s initial decision not to arrest Drejka as a reason to reduce their client’s $100,000 ba...
Published: 08/17/18
Deputies: Clearwater man’s afternoon crime spree included stolen vehicles, burglarized homes

Deputies: Clearwater man’s afternoon crime spree included stolen vehicles, burglarized homes

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man went on crime spree Thursday afternoon, stealing two vehicles, failing to steal two others and burglarizing three homes before being taken into custody, authorities say.Pinellas County deputies on Thursday arrested Shano...
Published: 08/17/18